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Commodore for Workgroups

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Commodore for Workgroups

More than 20 years ago, most of us got their first taste of networked computers when we installed Microsoft’s Windows for Workgroups on our PCs. For many of us, it was the first time our computers could actually “talk” to other computers in a network. Over the past 2 years, I’ve written a couple of […]

Hooking up an actual CD-ROM drive to the Commodore

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Hooking up an actual CD-ROM drive to the Commodore

Some time ago, I wrote an article on how you could use a regular “music” CD as a medium to store your applications for the C64. The way you loaded the programs was similar to the process involved when loading data from tape. Expanding on this idea of having your data stored on a CD, […]

Strange peripherals… the RAMLink

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Strange peripherals… the RAMLink

After last week’s “Stanger peripherals” article on the FD disk drive, I though it would be good to do a write-up of one of the most sought after collectables for the Commodore: the Creative Micro Designs (CMD) RAMLink. For anyone who was trying to get the most out of his trusty breadbox or C128, the […]

Strange peripherals… the FD-4000 drive

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Strange peripherals… the FD-4000 drive

When it came to peripherals, the C64 was the system that had the most. And when it came to companies making these peripherals, it was Creative Micro Designs (CMD) that made the most amazing ones. Just think about the HD20, the SuperCPU, … these are some of the most sought after peripherals on today’s Commodore […]

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The first multifunction printers

In today’s office environment, multifunction printers or multifunction peripherals (MFPs) are as common as the desktop computer. They’re cheap and they take up less space than a copier, printer, fax, scanner would do if you had these devices separately. As is the case with these peripherals we take for granted today, it surprises us to […]

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Securing your house with a Commodore 64

Making sure all doors and windows are locked and the alarm system is armed is the everyday ritual we all go through when we leave our house to go to work. Today’s alarm systems come in many flavors and operate on several principals, like using built-in sensors on the windows to determine the open/close state, […]

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Automating health care with a Commodore

When I was at the doctor’s earlier this week and he asked me at the end of the consultation for my SIS-card, it reminded me that the whole health care system in Belgium is actually quite well automated. With the SIS-card (Social Information System), all your basic info (no medical data or history) is made […]

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A Commodore 64 keytar

Earlier this week Yves Bolognini, the curator of the amazing Musée Bolo in Lausanne, Switzerland informed me of something quite interesting that happened at the Bay Area Maker Faire earlier that week. Jeri Ellsworth (you may remember her from an earlier project which was the C64-in-a-joystick, back in 2004) came onto the stage with an […]

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Professional C64 trainings

Back in the 80s, the Commodore 64 was the first contact many of us had with a computer. Whilst most of us started hacking away at Basic and machine code without any real training (apart from the Basic handbook and perhaps a few books we picked up when we bought the C64) and basically “played […]

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3 Decades apart, the gameplay survives

Earlier this week, I took this picture of my two daughters. Whilst one was playing on her Nintendo 3DS, the other one had sneaked into my office and taken one of the classic Nintendo Game & Watch games, Mario Bros and then snuggled herself next to her sister on the couch. Seeing this, it got […]